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International News April 18, 2014

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

By Dave Graham and Michael O’Boyle

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, though there were no early reports of major damage.

The magnitude 7.5 quake was centered in the southwestern state of Guerrero, close to the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of the Mexican government’s emergency services, said on Twitter there were no immediate reports of…

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International News April 18, 2014

Bomb blast kills 14 at mosque in Syria’s Homs

By Oliver Holmes

A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state television said on Friday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels.

“Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded in a terrorist bomb in front of the Bilal al Habshi mosque … as people left the mosque,” state television said. The mosque is in a government-controlled part of Homs.


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International News April 18, 2014

East Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal

Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.

The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday offered the best hope to date of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.

Enacting the agreement on the ground…

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International News April 18, 2014

At least twelve Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

By Gopal Sharma

An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday, killing twelve Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.

The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain’s peak and three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing, Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry’s mountaineering department, told Reuters.

It was the first major avalanche on Mount Everest this climbing season, when…

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Nobel winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, dies At 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87.

A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece was “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico City, where…

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Business Local News April 18, 2014

Delek puts in bid for interim gas supply

By Elias Hazou

THE PARTNERS developing Israel’s offshore Leviathan field have announced they have put in a bid to sell gas to Cyprus via a pipeline.

In a statement on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) on Wednesday, Israel’s Delek Group said it and its Leviathan partners – Noble Energy and Ratio Oil Exploration – have bid in the tender published by Cyprus’ Natural Gas Public Company DEFA.

The tender issued by DEFA has two options: one is for the…

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Local News April 18, 2014

Health minister aims to decrease ambulance response times

By Staff reporter

THE health ministry is doing everything in its power to make sure ambulances arrive on time to save lives, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said yesterday speaking at the kick-off event for road safety.

The minister said that for efforts to be successful everybody needed to work together. “We at the health ministry are ready to cooperate with everyone to ensure, in a team spirit, the best possible result for our society,” he said.

He said the ministry…

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Local News April 17, 2014

Police chief replaces economy investigator

By Staff reporter

THE chief of police yesterday replaced the head investigator into the collapse of the economy after resigning the previous day.

Chief inspector Themistos Arnaoutis resigned on Tuesday and was replaced by Christos Mavris, who holds the same rank.

The reasons for Arnaoutis’ resignation were not made public.

A police announcement said that the chief also decided to reinforce the investigating team.

Authorities are investigating the causes for the collapse of the economy covering the period from 2006…

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Local News April 17, 2014

New study for Larnaca port

By Staff reporter

A PRELIMINARY agreement has been reached for a detailed study into the role of the Larnaca port, the town’s mayor said yesterday after a meeting with the communications minister.

Larnaca residents oppose government plans to allow energy companies to set up operations at the town’s port.

After the meeting, Minister Marios Demetriades said he expected to meet again with the town’s local authorities to discuss the studies they considered carrying out and “together, find solutions to the…

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Football Sport April 17, 2014

Bale hails perfect night after King’s Cup winner

Gareth Bale hailed a “perfect night” after his stunning winner for Real Madrid against Barcelona in Wednesday’s King’s Cup final, his first trophy since moving to Spain for a record fee in the close season.

The Wales winger sprinted from the halfway line into the penalty area five minutes from time at the Mestalla in Valencia before slipping the ball brilliantly between the legs of Barca goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto to seal a 2-1 victory.

After a season disrupted by…

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